Job lost everything except God, during his time of affliction. He lost his family, his finances, his fitness and his friends, yet, through it all, he never lost his faith or his relationship with the Lord. When the bottom fell out of Job’s life, he still maintained his confidence in the Lord. Job demonstrates to us our duty while we pass through the valleys of life. Please understand the psychology of afflictions. Some of them came with a purpose either to;
- To steal,
- To destroy
- To shame and assassinate character etc.
We all go through difficult times, there is no human being free from the burden and cares of life (Job.14:1:5:7, John 16:33)
St. Augustine said, “God had only one son on this earth without sin, but none without suffering.” When afflictions come, we can either move towards God, or we can move away from Him.
Joseph Lincoln caught this attitude this way; “Trouble affects folk differently, trouble like weather, it sours milk, but sweetens apples.” (Rom.8:28, Eccl.3:10).
We all have our duty while in the valley of life.
Let us see:-
THERE MUST BE A DEVOTION TO GOD IN THE VALLEY (1:20)
- All that Job lost, many of us would have reacted in anger and frustration.
- Many would have turned away from God and cursed His name.
- Job went before the Lord in worship. Worship is when all that you are when all that you have praises God for all that God is.
- Job response to all that happening to Him is recorded in (Job 13:15) “Even if the Lord takes my life, I will still trust in the Lord”. What about you?
- God’s brightest stars are those who have endured the most suffering.
- Never quit God. Jesus suffered more than we will ever suffer.
THERE MUST BE DEPENDENCE UPON GOD IN THE VALLEY (1:22-22)
- When Job opened his mouth, it was not to complain or to whine but he praised God.
- Job declared his total dependence on God and His will.
- When travelling through the valley, remember;
- God’s way are not our ways, so we will never figure Him out (Isa.55:8-9)
- We can produce nothing through self-effort, so we must trust Him for everything (John 15:5, Matt 6:33)
- We can accomplish nothing through worry (Phil.4:6-7)
- Mark Twain said, “I am an old man and I have known many troubles, but most of them never happened”.
- Every trial, no matter how bad it is, is a good thing for you (Rom.8:28, 2 Cor. 4:17)
- In every trial, God is moulding you into the image of His Son.
- “When it is dark enough, men can see the stars” (Waldo)
- You can depend on God, he will never fail you nor forsake you (heb.13:5). Why worry when you can trust?
THERE MUST BE A DILIGENCE BEFORE GOD, WHILE IN THE VALLEY (1:8-10)
- Do all that you can do when you enter the valley.
- Never allow your problems and trials to cause you to quit on God.
- The salesman and the farmer, ” How is your cotton doing?” I have no cotton- I feared the boll weevils. How is your corn? Oh, I did not plant any, I feared rain failure! How about your potatoes, oh I planted none, I feared potatoes blight, I just played safe”.
- Many Christians play it safe, by doing nothing.
- Job used a piece of broken pottery to scrape himself.
- Those who have been broken can be used by the Lord to help others, who are being broken.
- When you have been through the valley, you know how to help others.
- The devils’ intentions were to get Job to turn against God (1:11, 2:5)
- Job though squeezed, did not produce anything sour, mean or hateful, instead, Job produced sweetest praise and glory to God.
- Are things rough around your life right now?
- Are you in one of life’s deep, dark valley? Then bring your situation to the Master.
- Lost friend you have nowhere to turn in tough times, you need to come to Jesus Christ (1 Peter 5:7)